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Stage Stores taps former J.C. Penney exec as chief merchant

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Houston — Stage Stores announced the appointment of Steven Lawrence as chief merchandising officer, effective April 30, 2012. Lawrence will be responsible for all of the merchandising, planning and allocation functions of the company.

Prior to joining Stage Stores, Lawrence spent 11 years with J.C. Penney, where he was most recently co-chief merchant executive VP GMM men’s, kids & home.

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Flur to leave Family Dollar

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Matthews, N.C. — Family Dollar Stores said Monday that Dorlisa K. Flur, vice chair-strategy and chief administrative officer, plans to leave the company to pursue other interests, effective May 2.

Flur joined Family Dollar in 2004 as SVP strategy and business development.

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NRF taps Walmart’s Thorne as senior VP communications/public affairs

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Washington, D.C. — The National Retail Federation announced that Bill Thorne has been named senior VP communications and public affairs. He will join NRF on June 1 to oversee the organization’s industry and public affairs communications strategy. Thorne currently serves as senior director Community Affairs at Walmart Corp.

During his tenure at Walmart, Thorne oversaw the creation and execution of campaigns for urban market entry, including budgets, strategy, and planning and development of both long- and short-term campaigns. He also served as senior director of advocacy outreach, where he created and successfully launched Walmart’s Corporate, Public, and Political Advocacy Network.

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